The Digital Initiatives department at the ND State Library manages the agency's digital collections and focuses on projects that relate to the cultural history of North Dakota and the region; state agencies and government; and publications on the history of North Dakota communities, businesses, and organizations, as well as histories of the state itself.
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The digital collections of the ND State Library are accessible online on Digital Horizons. Secondary locations online include Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Find A Grave, Historypin, and Wikipedia.
Digital Horizons is an online resource consisting of thousands of images, documents, videos, and oral histories depicting life on the Northern Plains. Digital Horizons provides a fascinating snapshot of the lives, culture, and history of the people who shaped life on the prairies. Digital Horizons is a consortium and includes collections from Concordia College, North Dakota State University, Prairie Public Broadcasting, ND State Library, State Historical Society of North Dakota, Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library, and more!
Digital Horizons is consistently named the best genealogy website for North Dakota by Family Tree Magazine.
Copies of items from the ND State Library's digital collections sometimes appear in its blog, newsletters, social media (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.). Items may also be added to other interactive places such as Jigsaw Planet, Find A Grave, Google Maps, and Wikipedia.
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If you are interested in contributing items to the ND State Library's digital collections, please visit our Donations page for more information.
Items relating to the Anderson and Landers families, and the Kenmare and Crosby areas of North Dakota.
Historical atlases and plat books from North Dakota counties.
North Dakota history books relating to counties, towns, churches, schools, townships, families, organizations, etc.
Images, documents, and objects that have been digitized from the collections of North Dakota residents, organizations (such as businesses, churches, etc.), and cultural heritage institutions (such as libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, etc.).
Newsletters, reports, photographs, videos, objects, and documents relating to the North Dakota School for the Deaf in Devils Lake, since its inception in the 1890s to the present.
Publications, reports, videos, newsletters, etc. generated by North Dakota state government agencies since before statehood in 1889 to today.
A collection dedicated to the Nonpartisan League (NPL) and Independent Voters Association (IVA) era of North Dakota History, circa 1910s-1930s. The collection includes many images, documents, books, and cartoons relating to this era of political strife in North Dakota.
Cookbooks, recipes, and cooking guides from across the Northern Plains and the state of North Dakota.
Diaries from 1888 to 1947 about the life of a North Dakota homesteader and farmer.